Telluride Ski Resort is a mountain for all abilities, with nearly 60% of our terrain dedicated to beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. One characteristic that makes Telluride so unique is the fact that you can access at least one intermediate run off of every lift on the mountain, allowing you explore parts of the resort and get the same scenic views and experience that the most advanced skiers get.
The Meadows, Telluride’s popular beginner area, has been recently expanded to become a world-class learning area. With a newly installed 320-foot covered surface lift and a significant investment in a Terrain Based Learning™ program, beginners will enjoy the freedom of learning on a wide open space without ever feeling crowded. As the terrain is used to naturally control speed and assist with learning, The Meadows learning area is where beginners discover their love for the winter, and ultimately deepening their experience of Telluride.
Sunshine Express (Lift 10) accesses a wide variety of beginner terrain. It’s set apart from advanced and expert terrain, so you’ll be skiing alongside other skiers of the same skill level. Nearly the entire area is groomed daily.
With around 25 beginner and 25 intermediate features, Ute Park has something for beginners, intermediates, families, and all the kids out there. Here you will find a separate beginner and intermediate line containing a wide variety of jumps and features that will be a great introduction to freestyle terrain. Ute Park provides a great way to build your skill set and confidence before progressing to the next level. It is truly some of the coolest and most creative terrain based learning you will find. View more information about Telluride terrain parks.
Prospect Bowl is a wide-open bowl located at the foot of Palmyra Peak. For beginner and intermediate skiers, Madison, Magnolia and Sandia are some of our favorite trails. These groomed trails wind in and out of trees and offer incredible views of Gold Hill and Palmyra Peak. Telluride’s longest ski run, Galloping Goose, starts at the top of Prospect Express (Lift 12) and follows the ski resort boundary 4.6 miles to the base of Sunshine Express (Lift 10). Galloping Goose is groomed daily.
Intermediate trails are accessible from all lifts at Telluride Ski Resort, allowing mid-level skiers and riders to experience the mountain the same way more advanced visitors are able. Some of the most scenic sections of the mountain are accessible from intermediate terrain.
One of our most popular trails is See Forever. Groomed daily, See Forever is accessible from Lifts 6, 9, 14, and 15 and offers expansive views of the Telluride region. The trail features a mix of moderate pitches and wide-open corduroy. We highlighted some of our best scenic views and marked them with “Groomed with a View” signs. On a clear day, the La Sal Mountains in Utah come into view nearly 100 miles to the west. Mt. Wilson (14,246′) and Wilson Peak (14,017′) are prominently on display to the southwest, and Mt. Sneffels (14,150′) towers over the San Sophia range to the north as you ski back down to Mountain Village.
Kids who want to take their time easing into tree skiing can also access the Resort’s “Enchanted Forest” from Sunshine Express (Lift 10). The Enchanted Forest is a children’s paradise. The entrance offers a clear path into the forest where a winding trail brings skiers and riders past wooden statues and hidden tree gnomes. From there, take beginner trails Teddy’s Way or Double Cabin to the base of Lift 10.
Our recommendation for the most access to intermediate skiing is in the Polar Queen area. Take a right off of Village Express (Lift 4) and head down Boomerang and Cakewalk before hopping on Polar Queen Express (Lift 5). From there enjoy a number of wide-open intermediate trails as you head back toward the base of Lift 5. To get back to Mountain Village, head down Cake Walk to Lower Boomerang.
To find your way around our beginner and intermediate terrain, take a look at our winter trail map.